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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NFL’s Carolina Panthers recognize school
district’s physical fitness, wellness efforts
BLUFFTON – The NFL’s Carolina Panthers led a boisterous pep rally at Red Cedar Elementary School today to celebrate the Beaufort County School District’s commitment to physical fitness and healthy eating.
Over the past three years, district schools have received more than $41,000 in “Fuel Up to Play 60” grants sponsored by the NFL, the National Dairy Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage youth to lead healthier lives. The funds have supported nutrition and physical education programs that have included recess equipment as well as retail-style breakfast stations that let students “build” their own breakfasts using yogurt, whole grain cereals and healthy fruit toppings. The breakfast yogurt stations become salad bars at lunchtime.
Participating sites have included Lady’s Island, H.E. McCracken and Whale Branch middle schools, as well as Broad River, Hilton Head Island Elementary, Mossy Oaks and Red Cedar elementary schools.
“If children develop healthy physical fitness and eating habits early in their lives, it’s more likely that they will continue those behaviors into adulthood,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “To have the NFL reinforce our efforts is really exciting.”
Red Cedar Elementary was the district’s first FUTP60 school. At today’s event, linebacker Thomas Davis and kicker Graham Gano were joined by Panthers cheerleaders to lead a high-energy pep rally that included a series of competitive events pitting two student teams, each representing half of Red Cedar’s 700 students.
Red Cedar’s healthy initiatives have included a new lunchroom salad bar and “Ramp Up Recess” equipment (2014-15); a Marathon Kids program, breakfast parfait bar and the winning FUTP60 video contest entry (2015-16); and healthy smoothies added as a menu option (2016-17). The school also sponsors running and sports clubs, hosts an annual 5K race and participates in the “Jump Rope for Heart” program each year.